Lower More­land de­nies aelco Chris­tian

Times Chronicle - - OPINION - By An­drew Marcus

With a aelco Chris­tian de­fender dan­gling from Max Sand­berg’s an­kleI the Lower More­land run­ning back re­fused to sur­ren­der. qhe se­nior shook off the wouldbe tack­ler like an un­wanted toi­letry stuck to the sole of his cleat and mo­tored into the end zone. Kicker Jor­dan 3UoFUoss’ HxWUD SoLnW HnGHG up be­ing a rel­e­vant for­mal­ity.

Af­ter the Knights’ touch­down and an un­timely turnoverI the Lions’ re­fused to ac­cept the mis­for­tune as their in­evitable doom. While the de­fense bent at times against a skilled Knights’ of­fenseI it never brokeI and the T-S score on Satur­day stood.

lnce Sand­berg’s OS-yard scam­per put the Lions on topI coach Mark Mayson milked ev­ery sec­ond out of the clock and kept the Knights’ de­fense on the fiHOG. WLWK SossHssLon IoU WKH finDO 2½ mLnuWHs oI WKH fiUsW half he stayed con­ser­va­tive to make sure an un­nec­es­sary pass­ing at­tempt did not turn into points the other way.

“WH JoW somH NHy fiUsW downs and moved the ball a lit­tle bitI” Mayson said. “We have to be­come more con­sis­tent on of­fenseI but we are win­ning. And we still can get bet­ter.”

7KH /Lons JDLnHG DOO 170 yards of their of­fense on the ground and did not com­mit onH SHnDOWy. 6DnGEHUJ fin­ished with P5 yardsI Sean

Burke added 37 and Joe Leven­thal led the Lions with 48 yards on the ground. The Lions’ de­fense was not able to play the run on ev­ery play against the Knights.

“We heard they passed more than they did last year,” de­fen­sive back Glenn Ma­hon said. “We have been re­ly­ing on our de­fense this year and if our of­fense can im­prove, there is no telling what we can do.”

The Knights’ quar­ter­back Win­gate Grim col­lected 71 yards in the air. It was the se­nior Ma­hon’s in­ter­cep­tion, his third of the sea­son, that was one of many plays the kept the Knights out of the end zone. While the Knights out­gained the Lions in to­tal yards, the point ad­van­tage is all that mat­tered to Ma­hon and the de­fense.

“It was a slant pat­tern and (Grim) threw a good ball,” Ma­hon said. “Os­car Zhang tipped it and I was just sit- ting there and made sure I did not drop the ball. It fell right into my lap. We know if we get down in a game, we can rely on our de­fense.”

The ma­jor­ity of the Knights’ yards were racked up by se­nior Caleb Favino. The run­ning back con­tin­ued WR fiNG D ZDy WR sSrLNJ KLP­self out­side tackle and take RII IRr ELJ ruNs. )DvLNR fiN­ished with 149 yards rush­ing.

“Our line­men are great and re­ally put the work in this sum­mer,” Favino said. ”They made some holes for me and it al­lowed me to bounce out. We could not put a few good plays to­gether. We thought we had the win, but we let it slip.”

The Knights (2-2) are learn­ing to deal with the down­falls dur­ing 48 min­utes of football and bounce back. The Lions (5-1) know the IrusWrDWLNJ IHHOLNJ RI NRW fiN­ish­ing games. But that was last year’s 0-10 Lions. This group is proven to be very re­silient.

“We were down, but we came back,” Mayson said. “The ex­tra point was big by Jor­dan Pro­crass. When we needed a stop, we got one.”

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